5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Mad Scientists walked through an ancient bazaar, sniffing out ingredients for their next formulation. The stalls were buzzing with activity as exotic spice vendors promoted their fragrant wares. But what ingredient would make the fabled 5th bean? The enticing aroma of an oily, smoky pod – black cardamom – caught their attention. Now that would turn the Imperial to Bazaar...

Added by superspak on 11-01-2015

BEER STATS
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#2,765
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
413
pDev:
7.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 413 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of nmann08
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, best before 10/15/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, raisin, plum, licorice, cinnamon, pepper, clove, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, raisin, plum, licorice, cinnamon, pepper, clove, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, pepper, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and spice flavors; with a great roast/spice bitter/sweet balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/spice bitterness, increasing though the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great spiced Baltic porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and spice flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very unique with the cardamom spicing, but it isn’t overwhelming to the base style flavors; though quite a bit more drying. Very rich, complex, and well balanced. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clake
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love that this doesn't taste like a gimmicky attempt to keep the bean count climbing. This comes across to me as an excellent big porter, satisfyingly roasty and warming, with hints of sweetness and coffee from the 5 beans. I won't pretend I can discern them all, I just appreciate the subtle layers they add to a stellar porter.

Gifted a 4 pack by a co worker, thanks Pat!

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Photo of pro45
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a small tan head. Smell is bitter chocolate, vanilla, cardamon. Taste follows the nose with dark fruits, mint, hops, and pine. Roasted/burnt malts. Very bitter. No coffee notes to speak of. Light mouthfeel. Best by Oct 2018. I'm going to age my other 4 pack to see if the flavor profile improves. I love and respect this brewery. Love their DIPA's and pilsner, but there are many other Baltic Porters out there which I prefer for their complexity.

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Photo of jak
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lebowskied
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

I am getting a mint and cinnamon aroma. It must be the cardamom. I get some coffee and a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is coffee right off the bat which is quickly inundated with spices and chocolate. I never really taste the vanilla. It has coffee flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is an interesting beer. I drank two of them before I realized that there were various spices and flavors added besides coffee. I had a few beers prior to trying each of the other ones. On a fresh palate the spices really pop.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says BB15OCT2018.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Medium-roast coffee aroma interlaced with cardamom. Pretty sweet with notes of milk chocolate and caramel. Also a bit of booze fume.

T- Great integration of coffee and spice that's so smooth for the higher ABV. The bitter coffee roast is balanced well with the vanilla sweetness.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Definitely the best in the series, if you can call it a series. 3beans was awesome, 4beans was a letdown and this is excellent.

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Photo of J10Jordan
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure black in color with a tiny tan froth. Smells of roasted coffee beans, cocoa, milk chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of caramel, milk chocolate, bean husk and grain. It's a bit toasty too. Medium to heavy and viscous for the most part, but thin in some parts. If that can even be a thing?

Not a big coffee-forward type brew guy, but can always appreciate a well made beer of almost any sort. So while it is unlikely I will revisit this one, I still believe it is a dang good beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time ever trying this one from SixPoints and I am totally impressed.
12 oz can poured into a tulip .
Beautiful dark mocha color with a foamy head .
Strong smells of coffee beans, cacoa and other delightful flavors .
Absolutely delicious roasted malts from this porter and though not as thick as a stout it was also not thin .
No taste of the 10 abv whatsoever.

Highly recommended and I would buy this instantly if I saw it again on the shelf .
Definitely lived up to its past accolades from other members :)

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown in color (approaching but not quite jet black) with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the remaining surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with moderate aromas of cardamon. Moderate aromas of dark malts with a moderate amount of malty sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark + roasted malts with a moderate amount of malty + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of fresh cold brewed coffee, chocolate/cacao, vanilla, and cardamon (which adds an herbal spiciness). Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a light underlying vanilla sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a slight amount of oily slickness in the finish. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Very enjoyable but the cardamon is a little more present that I wanted it to be (mind you, I really enjoyed 4Beans)... Easy to drink considering the strength and definitely a beer that I would be happy to have again.

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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 413 ratings